The Reason Why Korn Sued A High School
Being the pioneer of the nu-metal genre and bringing it into mainstream music towards the end of the 1990s, Korn is undoubtedly one of the most successful and well-known bands of all time. There are thousands of fans of the band from all over the world since Korn sold more than 40 million records worldwide, however, just as many as their fans, there are also people who refrain and don’t necessarily like the band due to the general idea of rock and metal music as always.
As many of you know, Korn was formed in 1993, in Bakersfield, California, originally consisting of Richard Morrill, James Shaffer, and Reginald Arvizu, and David Silveria. The band released 13 studio albums so far including exceptional records such as ‘Untouchables,’ ‘Follow The Leader,’ and ‘The Nothing‘, as well as countless iconic songs and numerous awards and nominations including two Grammys, two MTV Video Music Awards, and many more.
It wasn’t surprising that a Korn fan, an 18-year-old student named Eric VanHoven, showed up at his Zeeland High School wearing a shirt with the Korn’s name on it, considering the fame and the success of the band. However, High School assistant principal Gretchen Plewes saw the right in herself to suspend the young student from the school for a day just because of his clothing and the name of the band on it.
During an interview for a Michigan newspaper at the time, Gretchen Plewes went on to say that the shirt was offensive due to the fact that Korn is immoral, obscene, furthermore, insulting. As if these allegations weren’t enough, Plewes actually resembled wearing a Korn t-shirt to having a shirt with a middle finger on.
After seeing the peculiar actions of the assistant principal back in 1998, Korn members took action and announced that they fired off a cease-and-desist order against Zeeland High School assistant principal Gretchen Plewes as well as the school district for their comments in order to protect their fan from being harmed by an assistant principal’s own opinions and actions according to MTV News.
At the time, Korn stated that if they win the lawsuit, any proceeds were supposed to go to the American Civil Liberties Union and charities devoted to the prevention of child abuse, however, despite threatening Gretchen Plewes and the school district with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, both actions were dropped mostly because of the band members’ personal lives.